In an about face by the Tisbury selectmen, Elio Silva’s Vineyard Grocer is fully licensed to sell food prepared on the premises, following a quick and unanimous vote by the board Tuesday.

Two weeks ago, irritated over the slow process of Mr. Silva’s application for a business operation he has been running for years, the three selectmen came down hard on Mr. Silva, voting to deny the license despite the fact that he had finally met all the requirements.

Absent at that Zoom meeting, Mr. Silva was present at Tuesday’s videoconference.

“At the time of the last vote, everything was signed off,” he said.

Selectmen, who had roundly criticized Mr. Silva two weeks ago, struck a different tone Tuesday. “Sorry for any discomfort that caused,” board chairman Jimmy Rogers said. “It sounds like you’re ready to go now.”

“Thank you,” Mr. Silva said.

Island Fresh Pizza on State Road will have to wait two weeks to continue a hearing on the renewal of its license to sell food, as board members vowed to stop allowing the conditional approval of a business to operate when not all of the licensing requirements have been met.

Building inspector Ross Seavey said items needing correction at Island Fresh are an electrical outlet, a bathroom fan and an extension cord leading into a dropped ceiling.

“The work should be done prior to us approving,” board member Larry Gomez said.

“It’s only fair to everyone that everyone has to meet the same requirements,” board member Jeff Kristal said.

Food service licenses are supposed to be renewed at the start of the year, town administrative assistant Alex Kral said, but conditional approvals have been granted in the past. That practice is about to end, with the removal of the conditional option on license paperwork.

“There will be only two options, approved or disapproved,” Ms. Kral told the board. “There’s going to be no more of that gray area.”

A petition from residents of the Skiff avenue neighborhood to reduce the speed limit on the steep, curving road has found a backer in Tisbury police chief Mark Saloio, who told the board that he too would like to see it dropped from its current 30 miles per hour to 20.

“At first I thought 20 miles per hour would be too slow,” said the chief.

But after taking numerous drives on the residential road in recent weeks, he said he’s changed his mind.

“Skiff avenue is a very unique roadway and I believe it would be appropriate at 20 miles per hour,” Chief Saloio said. “Anything above 25 miles per hour . . . is excessive.”

But while the town could legally drop the limit to 25 miles per hour, Chief Saloio said reducing it to 20 requires the state to designate the area a safety zone.

That’s a case he thinks he can make, the chief said, given that Skiff connects with a road leading to a park and is popular with bicyclists. He asked the board to give him until the next meeting, Sept. 8, to complete the research needed to obtain the safety zone designation.

The finance and advisory committee is at full strength again, with three vacancies on the nine-member body filled at a joint meeting with the that preceded the main meeting Tuesday.

Allen Rogers, India Rose and Kelly Metell all received unanimous approval from both groups, minus the abstention of Ms. Rose’s mother Laura Rose, a finance committee member.

Dan Seidman, was named to the town’s affordable housing committee.

Board members also discussed reconstituting the town’s natural resources committee, an 11-member body intended to unify oversight of Tisbury’s harbor, waterways and shellfish management.

The committee was established a year ago by the selectmen to replace the town shellfish, waterways and harbor management committees, but the large group quickly foundered amid uncertainty over its role and duties, one former member said.

“I think the committee really struggled with its mission and its charge,” said Sally Rizzo. “There was a lot of expertise on the committee, but people were confused about what we were supposed to be doing.”

Ms. Rizzo said she supported replacing the larger group with two committees, one for shellfish and the other for waterways and harbor management.

Mr. Rogers said the next step is to provide town administrator John (Jay) Grande with the board’s thoughts on the realigned committees, before taking the matter up again at an upcoming meeting.

“Hopefully we can get this thing done within the next month,” he said.

Selectmen agreed to allow Eversource to bury 50 feet of cable under the roadway at 960 Main street in West Chop, as long as the utility commits to make repairs if the road subsides as a result.

“West Chop is decimated by all of the underground [work],” Mr. Kristal said.

In other business, Alan Hirshberg was appointed the town’s representative to Vineyard Health Care Access and Trip Barnes to continue serving on the community preservation committee.

Selectmen also agreed to hire back school crossing guards John Rollins, Stephen Nichols, Rita Reynolds, Cristina Whitney and Cheryl Pinkham.

Election constable Mary Ellen Larsen urged voters to cast their primary ballots in person this week. Polls remain open through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the emergency services building on Spring street.